Well, last blog certainly drew a crowd; let's see what kind of reviews I get for this one.
For this blog I have several things I would like to discuss, so sit back and please try and keep awake. First on the list is the creation of teams. This will topic will tie into the rest as the post continues. By teams I mean let's take the owners of horse racing and let's make their barns into "Teams." Every sport almost, has some sort of team, track, football, baseball, basketball; even bigger eventing shows equestrian riding has team events as well as individual. Owners would obviously take the roll as team owner, trainers as coaches, and horses as the players. Simple.
The reason I say we should try this style of format is because one of the main reason fans come to games or events is to watch their favorite team, while also watching any great players that play for them. The great players are still remembered for the records the broke and the feats they accomplished, but once they retire, people still have their favorite team to watch instead of trying to search for another player, like we continuously do in horse racing. This would help keep the long term attention of fans today and possibly even gain new ones for the sport.
Because of the new formation of teams, there should be a point system, that determines any championship or who enters any championship event. For end of the year championships the team/stable with the most points is that year's champion owner. The trainer who gains the most points is the champion trainer. Each stable can have a MVP horse, the horse that gained the most points for their stable and then the ultimate MVP, Horse of the Year, is the horse who gained the most points throughout the year. This also would apply to divisional championships too, like champion sprinter, champion older male and three year old. This way, any bias could be removed from the championships.
In terms of the points applying to entering the championship events, let use the Triple Crown and Breeders Cup for examples. In my last blog I mentioned the Derby field being reduced to 14 horses. The 14 horse eligible to enter the Derby would be chosen by the number of points the accumulated through the prep races that the horse had performed in as a 3 year old. Of course the amount of point a horse would amass would be determined by the grade of the race and what place the horse came in.
For the Breeders Cup, the point system may differ per race. The Classic, being open to all horse, could be determine by the top seven older horses, male or female, and the top seven 3 year olds. This format could go for any other race that is open to all horses. For juveniles you use the same criteria we used with the Derby, by selecting the top 14 horses in terms of points. For races like the Ladies Classic, the format would be the same as the Classic, except you would only choose the top seven older fillies and the top seven 3 year old fillies.
The points could also be used to help horses in drawing post positions for big events, such as the Triple Crown or the Kentucky Derby. The horse with the highest amount of points would have first dibs on whatever post position they choose. The horse second highest in points would choose second, and down the list they would go.
The point system and teams would go a long way in terms of drawing fans to the sport. It would make it much easier for general fans to understand the selection process and determine what horses will be in what event. It will make it much easier for them to stick with the sport when they have a favorite team, instead of being left stranded with no favorite, once the horse they supported is retired. These changes to racing may seem rather unconventional now, but they could be what make the sport competitive with the likes of baseball and football, and possibly even surpass them. Sometimes an unconventional touch is all something needs to attract some attention.